Savona

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2175 Salal Drive, Vancouver, BC

Savona
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Savona is located in the community of Kitsilano
Building Information
Developer Concert Properties
Architect Christopher Simmonds
Management Company Wynford Group
Number of Units 103
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 2000
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof IRMA
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2175 Salal Dr, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

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Back when Yaletown was still a rail yard and before Coal Harbour condominiums were commanding multi-million dollar price tags, the community of Kitsilano was the place to experience the west coast lifestyle. The cost of living was much lower in those days as Vancouver was more known for its industrial activity than its sweeping views.

A lot has changed since then, but the community of Kitisilano is still the place where many Vancouverites continue to fulfill their west coast dream. Kitsilano is a revered community in Vancouver. Book ended by its famous beach, this classic community still marches to its own beat.

Unlike other communities that have become dominated by glass towers heralded by Vancouverism, Kistsilano is still a predominantly low rise community. Savona fits in with its other low rise neighbours being only four stories tall. Savona offers resident a modern lifestyle in a community known for having an old fashioned west coast mentality.



Location

Kitsilano is a beautiful community with its own unique charm. Much of the architecture dates back to the first half of the 20th century. This gives residents the feel of what it must have been like to live in Vancouver before it became an international travel destination. Kitsilano is a "down-home" community with a number of small restaurants and pubs. Residents are also more likely to own a bike than a car further adding to the feel of the community.

Kistilano is located near the University of British Columbia, meaning a lot of students call this community home. This area is also just across the Burrard Street Bridge from downtown. It is very central yet tucked away to avoid most of the commotion of downtown. The defining feature of Kitsilano is its series of beaches overlooking the Georgia Straight. These beaches serve as a defacto residence for many area residents during the summer months and is often mentioned as the favorite feature of living at this location. [1]

Construction

Savona's front entrance

The Savona is a wood framed structure comprising of 103 units. In order to fit nicely into the low rise community, developers restricted construction to just four floors. The development was built to reflect a Mediterranean style and has a full rainscreen incorporated into its construction. This development by Concert Properties features open floor plans and utilizes Italian ceramic tile throughout to compliment its Mediterranean theme.

Granite counter tops are incorporated in both the kitchens and bathrooms. Units also feature covered patios and large master bedrooms. Stainless steel appliances and gas ranges round out the kitchens and units are offered with one to three bedrooms. [2]

Layout and Features

Units at Savona feature:

  • Granite counter tops
  • Open floor plans
  • Private balconies
  • 11 foot ceilings

[3]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately there are no floor plans available online. There is a video tour through the link provided. [4]

Amenities

Amenities at Savona include:

  • Bike storage
  • Proximity to beech
  • Arbutus Walk
  • Proximity to public transit

Bylaws

Savona Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are welcome at Savona
  • Rentals are not permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale of units at the Savona
  • Barbecues are permitted

Sustainability

The Savona is a wood frame structure making it inherently sustainable since it is constructed from a renewable, locally sourced building material.

Savona's location also makes it sustainable since it enables residents to run their errands without the use of an automobile.

Residents are encouraged to utilize recycling and composting services put in place by the City of Vancouver. Collection bins are located at Savona. [5]


Trivia

The St. Roch is housed in Vancouver's Maritime Museum located in Kitsilano
  • Kitsilano has a storied history and continues to be a favorite place to live in Vancouver. The community received its name from Squamish chief, August Jack Khatsahlano, and is home to 50 thousand residents. It was initially developed as a less expensive suburb to Vancouver's downtown core. Kitsilano is connected to downtown by the Burrard Bridge. The bridge is a historically designated art deco structure built in 1932 and has six lanes.
  • Kitsilano is home to another national historic sight. The St. Roch is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police ship that became only the second vessel to sail the Northwest Passage. Currently housed in Vancouver's Maritime Museum, the vessel played a substantial role in establishing Canada's sovereignty in the North. Its uniquely designed hull enabled it to be pushed upwards to avoid being trapped by ice while circumventing the northern waters. This design proved successful as it was once trapped in the northern ice for two complete winters. [6]


References

  1. Macdonald Realty
  2. Mike Giligson Reality
  3. Find a Home in Vancouver
  4. Video Tour
  5. Vancouver Recyling
  6. Vancouver Maritime Museum


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